March for Our Lives Will It Make a Difference?

March for Our Lives St. Louis Some of the Most Powerful Speakers at the Washington March for Our Lives
K.Gerard Thomas

The recent student-led protest marches for sensible gun control spread across the nation and in some cases other parts of the globe may be the start of a movement and not just a moment. 

This was sparked by the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where Nikolas Jacob Cruz a 19-year-old former student used a AR 15 assault rifle to murder 17 students and adults.

Unlike previous mass shootings this the particular incident was not allowed to fade in a lost headline, like Columbine, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Las Vegas, and other shootings that caused America to ask questions as to when will this end and

will any gun laws change?

The students from Parkland took to social media to start a movement within days and out of sheer resilience and will, decided to confront powerful political legislators like Senator from Florida Marco Rubio (R) who told the students he would do something but never made an effort to

bring an assault weapon bill to the floor of the Senate. Incremental changes were signed into law by the Governor of Florida Rick Scott (R) but little has been done on the federal level and Florida is being sued by the National Rifle Association.

When they did not get an answer they took to the streets realizing that their local government had let them down and was never going to intact any gun control laws that the NRA did not favor.


The students did their homework and came to a sobering realization that their local and federal government elected leaders were only going to send their grieving community “the same Thoughts and Prayers” they sent other grieving communities affected by mass shootings.

Once the students got the political run around they took to Facebook and Twitter and called for a national march on Washington to let lawmakers know, they were not only going to march but vote, this was also a get out the vote campaign, that has Washington very concerned especially

the GOP.  The movement spread like wildfire across the nation that began with a school walkout on March 14 where hundreds of thousands of students from Maine to California walked out of their campuses for 17 minutes to express their solidarity with Parkland and the need for sensible gun control legislation.


The March 14th walkout was the preliminary to the March 24, March in Washington DC, which was almost as many as the Woman’s March over a year ago and well more than those who came for Donald Trump’s

inauguration. The “March for Our Lives” events on Saturday drew massive crowds in cities across the country, the kind of numbers seen during the Vietnam War era.

 “Since the bloodshed in Florida, students have tapped into a current of gun control sentiment that has been building for years — yet still faces a powerful foe in the NRA, its millions of supporters and lawmakers who have resisted any encroachment on gun rights.” 


The March was well attended by some celebrities who assisted in helping to finance the march, the speakers such as the Parkland Survivors like Emma González, David Hogg made it a point that this is just the beginning and the movement recognizes the reality that in the inner city people are shot daily and it does not make the headline.

One of the last speakers was a surprise to the entire crowd and the nation 9-year-old Yolanda Rene King the granddaughter of Martin Luther King who said in her speech, “My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the color of the skin, but the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is

enough . And that this should be a gun-free


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